Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Bedford

ACS commissioning group re-enters special measures after seven months

A large clinical commissioning group – which is part of a proposed accountable care system – has been put back in financial special measures, less than a year after coming out of the regime.

Peterborough City Hospital, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS FT

Analysis by trust: Large majority provide less consultant access at weekends

The majority of trusts continue to provide patients with less access to consultants at the weekend compared to a weekday, new data reveals.

Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Trusts plan 'ambitious' merger in under six months

Two Bedfordshire hospital trusts intend to merge by April – a timeframe that both organisations admit is “ambitious”.

Bedford hospital

Exclusive: Hospital seeks 'joyful' merger with teaching trust

Bedford Hospital Trust is seeking a formal merger with Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Foundation Trust, HSJ has learnt.

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt to announce digital trust 'buddies'

The government will distribute £181m to a second wave of digital trusts, the health secretary is expected to announce tomorrow.

Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle

Exclusive: Trust bailouts rise to £2.7bn as more rely on loans

NHS trusts were forced to draw down £2.7bn of emergency cash bailouts from the government last year – with two-thirds of hospital providers now relying on government loans to maintain payments to staff and suppliers.

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CCG abandons controversial rationing plan after trust's warning

Commissioners have abandoned plans to restrict access to hearing aids after a foundation trust warned they could be breaching their legal duties.

Smartphones

Workforce app targets agency fees costing NHS up to £600m

A social networking app is aiming to cut into the hundreds of millions of pounds NHS trusts pay to temporary staffing agencies.

Dorset

First nine 'accountable care systems' revealed

NHS England has announced the nine areas most likely to evolve into “accountable care systems”.

Beds

NHS bed occupancy hits record high

The latest NHS bed occupancy figures are the highest ever recorded for a third quarter since quarterly data collections began in 2010, providing a further sign of the system’s capacity challenges.

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Revealed: 24 A&Es could be closed or downgraded

Twenty four emergency departments - around 15 per cent of the national total - could be closed or downgraded in the next four years, according to HSJ analysis.

Bedford hospital

Midlands STP plans 'unified leadership' for three hospitals

The STP for Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes reveals plans for “unified leadership, management and operations across all three hospitals” on the patch, but states that the three will not formally merge.

The Christie

Revealed: New oversight ratings for every NHS trust

Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.

Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford

Mayor calls for new approach to Bedford reconfiguration

COMMISSIONING: A “flawed” review of health services should be rejected in full rather than become part of sustainability and transformation plan for health and social care integration, according to the elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council.

Milton Keynes Hospital

Local A&E review scrapped in favour of STP

ACUTE CARE: A standalone review into reconfiguring accident and emergency services at Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals has been scrapped in favour of merging it into the sustainability and transformation plan for the region.

Northampton General Hospital

Cash-strapped council plans funding cuts to joint NHS discharge project

A county council struggling to make £60m of savings in 2016-17 is planning to scrap funding for a joint discharge project with local NHS hospitals, it has emerged.

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Roundtable: How to tackle unwarranted variation

How to reduce unwarranted variation in the NHS was the focus of HSJ’s latest roundtable

Surgery

CCGs: Hospital trust should lose major services

RECONFIGURATION: Bedford Hospital Trust should be stripped of major services including obstetrics and the majority of its emergency surgical care as part of a local service reconfiguration, a review has recommended.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals

Trusts named for consultancy turnaround programme

NHS Improvement has revealed the 16 trusts in the first wave of its £25m turnaround programme.

Dave west expert briefing

The Commissioner: Who wants to be a combined authority?

What NHS England isn’t telling you, and more indispensable weekly insight for commissioners, by Dave West